London, Oct 19 (ANI): Video of a unicorn running though a wood has been exposed as an elaborate hoax to promote an upcoming exhibition on mythical creatures.
In an official statement, the Ontario Science Centre, in Toronto, Canada, claimed it had been sent the footage by a member of the public for analysis, reports the Sun.
But they later admitted making it themselves to promote an upcoming exhibition on mythical creatures.The statement said: "The Science Centre is reviewing the footage frame-by-frame to determine whether the claim is legitimate.
"With closer examination, we hope to establish whether or not a genuine unicorn sighting has occurred.
"In the meantime, the Science Centre is asking the public to use caution if they think they see a unicorn - do not make any sudden movements or attempt to use flash photography.
"Although legends of unicorns state they are peaceful creatures, scientists worry they may harm themselves or others if they end up on a road or highway."
During the elaborate ruse, the centre even went as far as to set up an emergency unicorn hotline for the public.
Centre spokesman Christine Crosbie said: "We've received calls from all kinds of people, predominantly women, and some confused news reporters, in response to the video.
"Although some keen-eyed spectators have reported knowing the video was fake by the way the unicorn's tail moves and the fact it is not pure white." (ANI)